N is for Nepetalactone – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!

Someone raised a very valid question recently, and I need to address it.

Nepetalactone is the feline attractant in catnip. It’s what makes approximately 70 percent of cats frolicky, loopy, drooly, and otherwise, go a little nutty in its presence.

Which I’ve already mentioned, so we’ll move on.

Simply replicating and manufacturing nepetalactone would be vastly easier than trying to transport shiploads of live catnip plants back home. Not to mention trying to keep the plants alive through the lengthy trip back to the feline home planet. And on top of that, consider the development of the farms that needed to replenish their catnip supply upon arrival.

Artificial manufacturing sounds like a much better option. But it doesn’t work.

Something vital is lost when nepetalactone is synthesized, and that loss causes it to be completely useless for nanite production. Chemical properties changed, something that occurs only in the plant or the ore that used to cover the feline home world, et cetera. That little bit of science is more than I am willing to spend the time on comprehending.

Actually, it sounds a little like magic to me.

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